Brazil won its first Olympic gold medal in volleyball on Sunday, defeating Italy in the final. But the team's inspiration came from Rafael Nadal, who according to the team members say inspired them with his mentality and fighting spirit.
During Brazil's quarter-final match against France, two members of the team, Lucarelli and Lipe, got injured. In order to help the team not get demoralized, the doctor Alvaro Chamecki suggested that they see a video of Nadal playing the 2011 Australian Open quarter-final against his compatriot David Ferrer.
Nadal had then been suffering an abductor injury and his uncle and coach, Toni had suggested that he retire. Nadal had however replied by saying that he was playing the quarter-final of the Australian Open and therefore couldn't retire from the match.
This was an example of the attitude players should have during a competition, according to Chamecki. And the results proved he was right. Brazil defeated France in the quarter-final, then Russia in the semi-final and Italy in the final.